Thanks to the french Ministère de la Culture, EDRLab had a space on the “Accès Livre” booth of Livre Paris 2016.
The “Accès Livre” space was dedicated to the access to reading experience for print disabled people.We shared the booth with organizations like Association Valentin Haüy and BrailleNet, – both new members of EDRLab – or GIAA. This allowed us to go through interesting discussions on potential common projects, and some discussions make us believe that the support of EPUB 3 protected by Readium LCP on devices dedicated to print disabled people (Victor type) is not unachievable in the medium term.
This bookfair was the opportunity to present to the public the interest of EPUB 3 and open-source Readium software for digital publication in general, and accessible ebooks in particular. Even if rendering engines and standard formats are not what the public expects in such a bookfair, some people with disabilities came to us with complaints about their current experience when facing protected content, and the hope that Readium LCP (some even knew the name) will soon make them free to buy commercial ebooks and therefore feel treated as “normal” people. A good reason to finalize this project as fast as we can.
We also had long and very interesting talks with members of ePagine, Immanens, FeniXX, Sony DADC, Bookeen … and we feel that the EPUB 3 / Readium ecosystem will be a great success in Europe in the years to come. If you want to help us getting faster to this success, join the gang and become EDRLab member.